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Inca Trail Adventure

This classic trek along the Inca Trail is considered by many to be one of the great short treks of the world, and is a superb introduction to trekking in the Andes. We ascend the jungle trails and cloud forests to appreciate the panorama of Andean peaks that would have inspired the Inca people as we make our way to Machu Picchu. Words cannot describe the exhilaration of the first sighting of these enigmatic ruins. Our trip culminates with a guided tour of Machu Picchu before heading back to Cusco.

Inclusions

5 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
pick up from Cusco hotel on day 1
expert bilingual guide for each section
group medical kit
comfortable and central hotels
private internal transportation
the use of a gear pack including sleeping bag, fibre filled jacket, thermarest and headtorch
group camping equipment
porters to carry personal gear
sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed (including Machu Picchu entrance fee)
Hightlights
Trek the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with magnificent mountain views
Visit incredible Machu Picchu
Enjoy three hearty meals a day on trek prepared by our cooks
Journey on the train from Machu Picchu to the Sacred Valley
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
6
Price From
AUD $2,090
Start Location
Cusco, Peru
End Location
Peru
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
2 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Walking/Trekking
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
08 Jul 201813 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
12 Jul 201817 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
15 Jul 201820 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
19 Jul 201824 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
22 Jul 201827 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
26 Jul 201831 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
29 Jul 201803 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
02 Aug 201807 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
05 Aug 201810 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
09 Aug 201814 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
12 Aug 201817 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
16 Aug 201821 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
19 Aug 201824 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
23 Aug 201828 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
26 Aug 201831 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
30 Aug 201804 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
02 Sep 201807 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
06 Sep 201811 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
09 Sep 201814 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
13 Sep 201818 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
16 Sep 201821 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
20 Sep 201825 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
23 Sep 201828 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
27 Sep 201802 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
30 Sep 201805 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
04 Oct 201809 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
07 Oct 201812 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
11 Oct 201816 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
14 Oct 201819 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
18 Oct 201823 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
21 Oct 201826 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
25 Oct 201830 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
28 Oct 201802 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
01 Nov 201806 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
04 Nov 201809 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
08 Nov 201813 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
11 Nov 201816 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
15 Nov 201820 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
18 Nov 201823 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
22 Nov 201827 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
25 Nov 201830 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
29 Nov 201804 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
02 Dec 201807 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
06 Dec 201811 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
09 Dec 201814 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
13 Dec 201818 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
16 Dec 201821 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $2,090
07 Mar 201912 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
11 Mar 201916 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
14 Mar 201919 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
18 Mar 201923 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
21 Mar 201926 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
25 Mar 201930 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
28 Mar 201902 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
01 Apr 201906 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
04 Apr 201909 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
08 Apr 201913 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
11 Apr 201916 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
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18 Apr 201923 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
22 Apr 201927 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
25 Apr 201930 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
29 Apr 201904 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
02 May 201907 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
06 May 201911 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
09 May 201914 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
13 May 201918 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
16 May 201921 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
20 May 201925 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
23 May 201928 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
27 May 201901 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
30 May 201904 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
03 Jun 201908 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
06 Jun 201911 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
10 Jun 201915 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
13 Jun 201918 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
17 Jun 201922 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
20 Jun 201925 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
24 Jun 201929 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
27 Jun 201902 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
01 Jul 201906 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
04 Jul 201909 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
08 Jul 201913 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
11 Jul 201916 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
15 Jul 201920 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
18 Jul 201923 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
22 Jul 201927 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
25 Jul 201930 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
29 Jul 201903 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
01 Aug 201906 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
05 Aug 201910 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
08 Aug 201913 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
12 Aug 201917 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
15 Aug 201920 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
19 Aug 201924 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
22 Aug 201927 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
26 Aug 201931 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
29 Aug 201903 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
02 Sep 201907 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
05 Sep 201910 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
09 Sep 201914 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
12 Sep 201917 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
16 Sep 201921 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
19 Sep 201924 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
23 Sep 201928 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
26 Sep 201901 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
30 Sep 201905 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
03 Oct 201908 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
07 Oct 201912 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
10 Oct 201915 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
14 Oct 201919 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
17 Oct 201922 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
21 Oct 201926 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
24 Oct 201929 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
28 Oct 201902 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
31 Oct 201905 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
04 Nov 201909 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
07 Nov 201912 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
11 Nov 201916 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
14 Nov 201919 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
18 Nov 201923 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
21 Nov 201926 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
25 Nov 201930 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
28 Nov 201903 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
02 Dec 201907 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
05 Dec 201910 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
09 Dec 201914 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
12 Dec 201917 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,090
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
This morning you will be collected from your hotel in central Cusco at 9am (Please ensure you advise your reservations consultant of your pre tour hotel details if you have not booked this with World Expeditions). We leave Cusco and head to the Chinchero Plateau to explore Chinchero, an important town in Inca times. The most striking remnant of this period is the massive stone wall in the main plaza which has ten trapezoidal niches. There are beautiful views overlooking the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with the Cordillera Vilcabamba and the snow-capped peak of Salcantay dominating the western horizon. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Next we visit the mysterious concentric circular terraces of Moray which, according to some scholars, could have been an agricultural research centre. From here we head to the salt mines of Maras. This village is a salt-producing centre that dates back all the way to pre-Inca times. There are thousands of salt pools all carved into the mountain side. We walk down through the salt pans to the Sacred valley for a lunch break before heading to our hotel in Ollantaytambo. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy beauty of this famous valley. Overnight: Tika Wasi Hotel or similar. *NB: There will be a pre-trip briefing the night before your trip starts held in the group hotel (TBA) at 6pm. If you are unable to make this, please let your reservations consultant know and we can organise your kitbags and jackets plus any other relevant information to be sent to your hotel.
Day 2
Today we enjoy another day in the beautiful Sacred Valley with a tour of Ollantaytambo. During our time in Ollantaytambo we visit its remarkable temple/fortress set high on a ridge above the village. We also explore the quaint village itself with a fascinating mixture of Inca and Colonial architecture.This evening we have a pre-trek briefing with our trekking guide at our hotel and prepare for the trek. Overnight: Tika Wasi Hotel or similar.
Day 3
You will be picked up early from your hotel in the Sacred Valley for the drive to Chilca or Piscacucho where we start our first day of trekking. At this point we meet our cooks, porters and camp staff before setting off on this famous 'Royal Highway of the Incas', built more than 500 years ago. The first day involves approximately five to six hours of walking. During the first few hours of walking we follow the course of the famous Urubamba River before stopping to admire the archaeological site of Patallacta 2750m (9,020ft) an ancient Inca city built on a series of terraces below the trail. From here we continue to follow the narrow valley of the Cusichaca River to camp at one of two sites near the village of Huayllabamba 3,100m (10137ft). This means we avoid the very crowded camp sites within the village used by most of the trekkers on the Inca Trail. Overnight: Campsite. *Important: Please be aware that, because of the Peruvian authorities' rules on the Inca Trail, there may be changes in the actual trek itinerary and the campsites we use.
Day 4
After breakfast, we begin the most difficult part of the trek. We continue up this narrow valley on the left bank of the river - whose source is one of the great glaciers of Mt Salcantay. We then start the steep climb up our first pass, Warmihua usca, which is also the highest point of the journey at 4,200m (13,700ft). After a rest at the pass and time to take in the spectacular views we descend steeply into the Pacamayo Valley 3,500m (13,700ft) where we spend our second night on the Inca Trail. Overnight: Campsite.
Day 5
Today is the longest day (eight to nine hours of walking) but also the most impressive and interesting because of the amount of archaeological complexes and cloud forest we will find as we walk. After breakfast in our campsite in the verdant Pacamayo Valley we start ascending towards the small but impressively set ruins at Runkuraqay and on to Cochapata set just below the second pass at 3,900m (12,800ft). From here we walk the short distance to the pass and then descend past a mysterious small green lake to the large ruins of Sayacmarca and on to the last pass at 3,800m (12,450ft) which is more like a low ridge-line than a true pass. From here we get a great view down into the forested gorge of the Urubamba River set more than 1700 metres below us. A short hike from here takes us over the Phuyupatamarca Pass at 3,700m (12,140ft), aptly named the 'City in the Clouds'. We walk down along an incredibly well preserved section of the Inca Trail with great white granite slab walls and staircases all impressively set in high jungle to our final campsite at Wi ay Wayna 2,679m (8,790ft). Overnight: Campsite.
Day 6
After breakfast we walk the last few kilometres to finally reach Inti Punku (The Gateway to the Sun) awe-inspiringly set above the 'lost city' of Machu Picchu 2,400m (7,900ft). Your first view of the ruins really ds take your breath away! We will enjoy a guided tour of the sanctuary followed by time to explore this fascinating site at your own pace (with the accompaniment of the guide). We return by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch (at your own expense). In the afternoon or early evening we depart from Machu Picchu for the train ride back to Ollantaytambo where we transfer to our vehicle for the drive back to Cusco where the trip concludes. NB - depending on train schedules, we may arrive into Cusco very late at night. We can arrange post tour nights in Cusco, please ask your reservations consultant for details. *Important: Peruvian authorities have implemented entry restrictions to protect Machu Picchu from the impact of its immense popularity. As of January 2018 there are two time slots (morning and afternoon) in which patrons can enter Machu Picchu for a limited number of hours and must follow one of three predetermined routes. Additionally, all visitors must be accompanied by a guide at all times. These changes have been made to improve the visitor experience and in an effort to deal with overcrowding. World Expeditions endeavour to ensure you get the most of your Machu Picchu experience regardless of these restrictions.